Frequently asked Questions

What exactly is "Peace Studies"? 

There is no single answer to this question.
When Peace Studies has been created in the late 1950ies as a distinct academic discipline it merged the state of the art of psychology, ethnology and international relations. Gradually it embraced the topics, methods and didactics from a vast field of further disciplines between philosophy, law, languages, history or neuro-science and quantum physics. It follows a holistic and therefore trans-discipilinary approach to science. And it contains some unique fields of study, such as conflict analysis, conflict transformation and peace theory. Each student can approach peace studies in his or her own way, concentrating on concrete conflicts, sociological analyses, or regional issues, to name a few. Since the road to peace is often hindered by problems of resources and distribution, we also emphasise the importance of the relationship between peace and development.

How long would it take to get my MA degree through this program?

Students are required to successfully complete 4 terms and a thesis in order to receive their degree.

Who are the faculty of this program?

We want to provide a diverse and highly qualified faculty for our students.
Therefore, we seek out the most successful professors and practioners from around the world to teach in our program. In recent years our global network has been searching for the most qualified faculty from Africa, Latin America and Asia, in order to provide our students with a broader perspective of Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation. However, this program follows the transrational approach to Peace Studies and elicitive conflict transformation. Therefore we mainly invite faculty of this orientation. The program gradually integrates its own alumni into the faculty.

What kind of class schedule will I have when I study?

Students have a minimum of 4,5 hours up to 8 hours of class every weekday.
Class hours vary from modular period to modular period, due to lectures, seminars, integrative seminars or excursions. Finally 375 hours per term (30 ECTS) have to be realized. It is a challenging program!

What kind of job will this prepare me for?

This entirely depends on your concentration within peace studies.
Unlike more specific subjects (i.e. nursing, accounting or education), a degree in peace studies will not prepare you for one specific job. Students of the global network have gone on to study at the doctoral level, work in various NGOs, various government ministries, international organisations such as the UN or OSCE, community development and cross-border issues.

What is the relationship between the program in Innsbruck and the one in Castellón, Spain - can I study in both places?

The programs operate independently of each other.
However, due to cooperation agreements, students can transfer credits for full terms from one program to the other. Students can therefore also attend one or two terms at the program in Castellón. They will automatically be accredited as academic terms at our program in Innsbruck.

Can I access a PhD program with this Master?

Generally, all PhD programs in Peace Studies in the world will acknowledge Innsbruck's Master degree.

Due to a cooperation agreement with the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, Spain, the administrative process of accessing their PhD program is facilitated specifically for our graduates. However, the number of PhD students who can be admitted in Castellón is limited. 

Graduates of Innsbruck's MA Program are furthermore eligible to apply for the Doctoral Program at the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, Dublin City University, Ireland.

Most further doctoral programs within the discipline accept Innsbruck's Master as admission requirement, however for all Universities without a formal cooperation with Innsbruck admissions will be decided on an individual basis.


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